Magic family of discretely sized ultrabright SI nanoparticles

G. Belomoin, J. Therrien, A. Smith, S. Rao, R. Twesten, S. Chaieb*, M. H. Nayfeh, L. Wagner, L. Mitas

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We describe a procedure for dispersion bulk Si into a family discretely sized ultrasmall ultrabright nanoparticles. We demonstrate that electrochemically etched, hydrogen capped SinHx clusters with n larger than 20 are obtained within a family of discrete sizes. These sizes are 1.0 (Si29), 1.67 (Si123), 2.15, 2.9, and 3.7 nm diameter. We characterize the particles via direct electron imaging, excitation and emission optical spectroscopy, chromatography, and colloidal crystallization. The band gaps and emission bands are measured. The smallest four are ultrabright blue, green, yellow, and red luminescent particles. The availability of discrete sizes and distinct emission in the red, green and blue range is useful for biomedical tagging, RGB displays, and flash memories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventNanophase and Nanocomposite Materials IV - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 29 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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